‘Love, Simon’ TV series coming to Disney’s streaming service

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Love, Simon” is headed to the small screen.

Disney+, the company’s new streaming platform, has picked up a straight-to-series order of Greg Berlanti’s 2018 coming-of-age film “Love, Simon,” Deadline reports.

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Disney earns perfect score on HRC workplace equality report

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | The Walt Disney Company earned a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national survey administrated by the Human Rights Campaign that evaluates corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

“We are committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming environment for all our employees,” said Latondra Newton, senior vice president and chief diversity officer of The Walt Disney Company, in a post on the company’s website. “We are proud of our longstanding commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality and recognize that we thrive when all people are valued and encouraged.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Stephen Hawk and Jonathan Soots

By : Aaron Drake
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Dr. Stephen Hawk and Jonathan Soots first met in 2014 how many people tend to connect these days: online. The pair finally met in person in February 2015 at a house party.

“We first met at a mutual friend’s housewarming,” Soots says. “Our first real date was after our friend Eddie Sotomayor’s funeral.” The couple explained their mutual friend passed away during the Pulse tragedy in Orlando. Seeing each other again opened the door to them spending more time together after they attended the funeral. Then they made things official in July 2016.

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Ellen DeGeneres says she received a bomb threat after coming out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ellen DeGeneres was celebrated by many during her historic coming out in 1997 but now the talk show host is opening up about the hardships she faced.

In a new interview with Ad Week, DeGeneres reveals she received death threats including a bomb threat.

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Ginger Minj dishes on drag and bringing ‘Crossdresser for Christ’ to Florida

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“There’s no accounting for people’s taste,” Orlando-based entertainer Joshua Eads, known worldwide as drag performer Ginger Minj, jokes about his years of post “RuPaul’s Drag Race” success. “It’s gotten crazy. Every year gets crazier.” After finishing the popular drag competition’s seventh season as a finalist and sashaying onto its “All Stars 2” spin-off, Minj hasn’t stopped. She quickly brought her autobiographical, one-woman (but three person) show “Crossdresser for Christ” to fans worldwide and dropped a debut album.

Watermark caught up with Minj ahead of Tampa’s “Crossdresser” stop at the Straz Center to dish on drag, Disney divas and never slowing down.

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Disney casts straight comedian as ‘effete’ gay character

By : Staff Reports OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The choice by producers to cast Jack Whitehall, a straight 30-year old British comedian as Walt Disney Company’s first openly gay character, has critics asking questions.

In the film “Jungle Cruise,” Whitehall is “playing a gay man” and a character who is “hugely effete, very camp and very funny,” a film producer tells the Los Angeles Blade. Disney’s publicity staff says the film is “based on Disneyland’s theme park ride, where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element.”

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PHOTOS: Red shirts and rainbow Mickey Mouse ears filled the Magic Kingdom for Gay Days at Disney

By : Jeremy Williams
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Gay Day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom filled the most magical place on Earth with LGBTQ people showing off their best red shirts and being seen June 2.

The most popular accessory among park visitors this year were the rainbow Mickey Mouse ears introduced to the Disney parks in April.

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PHOTOS: One Magical Weekend’s RIPTIDE brought a wave of partygoers to Typhoon Lagoon

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One Magical Weekend’s signature event, and the weekend’s longest-running party, RIPTIDE brought thousands of partygoers to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon June 1.

Disney’s 52-acre waterpark was overflowing with scantily clad party animals for a night of dancing, swimming and drinking.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Anthony Paul Citrola & Jeremy Wade

By : Aaron Drake
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A small act of chivalry ignited a romance between these two.

“Anthony held the door open for me like a true gentleman,” shares Jeremy Wade Citrola, originally from Wellsville, Pa. “We did not have a conversation that night, but we made a generous amount of eye contact. I researched his name and sent him a Facebook friend request the next day.”

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5.31.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I’m pretty sure I was 16 the first time I went to Gay Day at Disney. I was only out to my mom and a handful of friends back then, so it was a little awkward when my brothers and I rolled up on the second annual Gay Day at Disney. It became a tradition in my family that when one of the brothers graduated high school, we’d celebrate with a trip to the Magic Kingdom—just us boys. Turns out that celebration always happened on the first Saturday of June. We didn’t know what that day meant to so many people, but we picked up on it pretty quickly.

I remember being petrified my brothers would figure out somehow I was gay, as if just being in close proximity with so many LGBTQ people would cause me to grow a boa and hum the ABBA anthology. I also remember experiencing immense joy and comfort. It was scary being gay in the early ‘90s, not to diminish the struggle today’s 16-year-olds face with their own coming out. But that one day, every year, was a day of happiness in the happiest place on earth. It was a day to be normal, to be together and to be visible.

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GLAAD report finds decline in LGBTQ representation in Hollywood

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: ‘A Fantastic Woman’ from Sony Pictures Classic is one of the few films with solid LGBTQ representation in 2017. Screenshot via YouTube.

Major film studios are severely lacking in LGBTQ representation, according to GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index.

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Disney announces new Rainbow Mickey Collection in time for Pride month

By : Colton Adkins
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Disney has released 11 new rainbow products just in time for Pride month, “Good Morning America” announced earlier today. The release of these new rainbow-themed items comes after Disney released new rainbow-colored Mickey Mouse ears exclusively in the parks last month. The new products include pins, shirts and sunglasses, all of which you can use to celebrate your Pride.

The full list of the new Pride-themed products follows and are available at shopDisney.com.

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